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Looking for a family holiday at one of the biggest parks on the mid-west Wales coast – with its own beach overlooking Cardigan Bay, oodles of entertainment options and chic caravans fitted out with all mod cons? Kids and big kids alike will be clamouring for a stay at the family-run Clarach Bay Holiday Village, with everything from fish and chips to fruit machines all to hand and with lashings of local attractions within easy reach.
The entertainment and attractions on offer at this family-orientated site include Barry, Sammy and Dewi for the littlies to make friends with, a seafront amusement area with arcade, shop, restaurant and mini fun fair, and the three-room Showboat Club with comedy, cabaret and theatrical shows to pick from.
For those of a more strenuous bent, there’s an outdoor sports court and an indoor and outdoor pool to work up a sweat at before having a virtuous snack at the ice cream and burger bar, or take a short stroll off site to Clarach’s beach for a wander to spot the local dolphins. The town of Aberystwyth is five minutes away, with a bus stop just outside the park.
Nearby attractions and activities
As well as Clarach South, beach fiends can find Aberystwyth North and Aberystwyth South beaches within a couple of miles. The north beach has donkey rides and children’s entertainment in summer, and Aberystwyth South has The Harbour Trap, popular with (experienced) surfers and Constitution Hill: climb to the café and camera obscura at the top if you’re feeling energetic, or take the Cliff Railway during the summer months for sweeping views over the bay.
Aberystwyth itself is a top spot for a day trip: as well as the seafront entertainment there’s the National Library of Wales to browse around, the Aberystwyth Arts Centre for theatre and live music, exhibitions and shows at the Ceredigion Museum, and access to a wealth of local walks and cycle routes including the Parc Penglais Nature Reserve and the Ystwyth Trail cycle path; the nearby Bwlch Nant-yr-Arian Forest Centre is a huge woodland site with activities, a shop and an information centre.
There’s loads to keep the littlies amused too: workshops and craft goodies at the Corris Craft Centre near Machynlleth, going underground at the abandoned slate mines with the Corris Mine Explorers, or sailing through the subterranean waterfall at King Arthur’s Labyrinth.
Attractions near Clarach Bay Holiday Village
- Vale of Rheidol Railway (Aberystwyth) (1.8 miles)
- Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway (10.2 miles)
- MOMA Wales - Y Tabernacl (14.0 miles)
- Dolaucothi Gold Mines (27.4 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Activities near Clarach Bay Holiday Village
Clarach South (0.6 miles) Beach - Excellent Water Quality Beaches
Aberystwyth North (1.3 miles) Beach - Excellent Water Quality Beaches
Aberystwyth South (1.9 miles) Beach - Excellent Water Quality Beaches
Overall rating based
Clean and basic.
Pippa C. (Young couple, 1 review, 0 photos) Confirmed ?
Liked: The caravan was clean and basic, quite cosy and sufficed for the week.
Disliked: The musty smell of the caravan and the bathroom was a bit whiffy too.
From the manager...
Thank you for taking the time to post a review. All feedback that we receive is greatly appreciated. However, there did seem to be a couple of contradictory statements within your review that I was hoping you could clarify. In the ‘Liked’ section you said ‘The caravan was clean and basic, quite cosy and sufficed for the week.’ In the ‘Disliked’ section you said ‘The musty smell of the caravan and the bathroom was a bit whiffy too.’ Surely, if the caravan was clean, there would be no must/whiffy smell present? To the best of our knowledge, you did not report the musty smell to us. If you had reported it I’m sure that we would have been able to do something about it. You also gave us an overall cleanliness score of 8/10 which we are very grateful for, but this does seem to contradict your ‘Dislked’ statement.
In terms of our ‘Facilities/Activities’ score you gave us 1/10 and I was wondering if you could provide us with further feedback so that we can improve things? Even though the park is quiet from mid June to mid July, all of our facilities including the club and swimming pool are open on a daily basis and there is a full evening children’s and adult’s entertainment programme that runs from 7:00pm until midnight, every night.
In your review, you also said that you would recommend our park to friends but you wouldn’t stay here again. Again, this seems slightly contradictory and I would be grateful if you could clarify this statement.
Finally, I would like to thank you once again for posting a review and look forward to hearing from you soon.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Electrical hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Horse riding nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Medium (26-50 pitches)
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Aberystwyth: University Coach Stop — 1.2mi
Aberystwyth Bus Station — 1.6mi
Capel Bangor (Ceredigion): Coach Stop — 4.2mi
- Train stations
Aberystwyth Rail Station — 1.6mi
Borth Rail Station — 3.9mi
Aberdovey Rail Station — 7.5mi
- Ferry ports
Porth Penrhyn Ferry Landing — 19.3mi
Barmouth Ferry Landing — 19.6mi
- Swansea Airport — 57.6mi
By car: For Clarach Bay Holiday Village turn off the A487 (Aberystwyth to Machynlleth road) in Bow Street. The turning is located between the post office and Welsh Black public house. Follow the Clarach road and our entrance is located on the left.
By rail: The frequent Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury service connects with trains to all directions and passes through beautiful ever changing countryside. Aberystwyth Train Station is a short taxi/bus ride from Clarach Bay Holiday Village.
Permitted arrival time
Period before scheduled arrival date within which written notification is received:
Cancelled more than 28 days before commencement – You will be charged a cancellation fee of £30.
Cancelled between 28 and 8 days before commencement – You will be charged 50% of the total holiday cost (minimum fee of £50 is applicable).
Cancelled within 7 days of commencement – Lose 100% of total holiday cost.
Please note that your deposit paid to Pitchup.com is non-refundable.
Payment of balance
Upon receiving your booking the holiday park will contact you by telephone in order for you to pay the balance.
Cards accepted on the park
Visa, Mastercard, Maestro
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
The seafront amusement area which includes the shop, fish and chip restaurant, amusement arcade and mini fun fair may be closed during school term time and periods of inclement weather.
We cater for families and couples and do not accept bookings from all male or all female parties of three or more persons. We also reserve the right to refuse any booking.
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